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Published on: May 22, 2012 08:25 PM
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President Barack Obama greets audience members during a reception in honor of Jewish American Heritage Month at the White House, Tuesday, May 17, 2011, in Washington. (AP File Photo/Carolyn Kaster)(President Barack Obama greets audience members during a reception in honor of Jewish American Heritage Month at the White House, Tuesday, May 17, 2011, in Washington. (AP File Photo/Carolyn Kaster)(

Washington - Officials from the administration of US President Barack Obama stressed their intention to maintain a tough stance during talks with Iran, according to Jewish leaders who met with top White House staff on Monday.

Ahead of negotiations in Baghdad over the Iranian nuclear program, the officials said that the US has no plan to reduce sanctions during the talks, and that it was their firm expectation that the EU would still be imposing an oil embargo on Iran at the beginning of July with no exemptions for British shipping insurance, participants said.

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Some 70 members of the Conference of Presidents of Major Jewish Organizations met with US Vice President Joe Biden, Deputy National Security Adviser Denis McDonough, Deputy Secretary of State Thomas Nides and other administration officials in a series of closed door meetings.

Participants, who spoke on condition of anonymity about the off-the-record briefings, said the officials emphasized that the US was entering the nuclear talks clear-eyed about Iranian intentions and with no plan to reduce pressure in the near term, reiterating that all options remain on the table.

The atmosphere was described as business-like and frank, though several of those in attendance noted that some in the room disagreed with the positions staked out by the administration.

The meeting at the White House, which usually happens once each year, comes as the Obama administration gears up for November’s presidential race. During his meeting with the conference, Biden referenced negative emails circulating to challenge the administration’s support of Israel and went into a lengthy rebuttal against the charges. He also noted that he held a lengthy meeting last week with Defense Minister Ehud Barak, with whom he has a close relationship.

The briefings also come soon after the formation of a national unity government in Israel, which White House officials welcomed as a positive development, according to several participants. The officials were pleased with the change because it offers stability and more opportunities for progress on the peace process by having more elements in the government who support moving it forward. Optimism was also expressed on the Palestinian- Israeli front given recent contact between the two sides.

However, the officials greeted with some skepticism efforts to form a Fatah-Hamas unity government, pointing out that several previous attempts led nowhere. But they repeated the established US requirements that Hamas renounce violence, respect previous agreements and recognize Israel to be eligible for American aid.

Iran, however, was the main topic of discussion, with several different American officials making the point that the US would continue to tighten the sanctions vice on Iran even as talks go on.

The conversation focused on the Iranian issue much more than in previous years when the peace process and US-Israeli relations played a bigger role, according to those present.

Content is provided courtesy of the Jerusalem Post


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 May 23, 2012 at 06:50 AM rationalman Says:

Any jew that votes fire this man has got to be insane....read his books...in the first one he explicitly states when push comes to shiver he will have to stand with his muslim brothers in solidarity

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 May 23, 2012 at 10:46 AM qazxc Says:

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rationalman Says:

Any jew that votes fire this man has got to be insane....read his books...in the first one he explicitly states when push comes to shiver he will have to stand with his muslim brothers in solidarity

Would you be kind enough to provide the name of the book and the page number on which he made that statement?

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 May 23, 2012 at 02:15 PM 123 Says:

some jews are stupid to vote for obama, he is a lier. smiling like oh suckers, cant wait to get your votes and back stab you Jews again!

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 May 23, 2012 at 01:27 PM marcia Says:

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qazxc Says:

Would you be kind enough to provide the name of the book and the page number on which he made that statement?

We ALL know how much you adore Obama, my question is WHY? I am an Independent voter and more Jewish voters are voting Romney JUST to vote Obama OUT! It is Obama who will be remembered as the leader that enabled the Muslim Brotherhood and Sharia Law to take over the "moderate" Arab countries. Egypt, Bahrain, Libya, Syria have "freed" themselves of their tyrannical leaders. Israel is in much more danger NOW! And will continue to be thanks to Obama's "SPRING". Netanyahu will show Iran and Obama what it really means to Go Down In The "FALL"! The final nail in Obama's coffin will be the mishandling of international affairs regarding Israel in September when Netanyahu slams the door in Obama's face.

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 May 23, 2012 at 03:53 PM mogenavrochom Says:

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marcia Says:

We ALL know how much you adore Obama, my question is WHY? I am an Independent voter and more Jewish voters are voting Romney JUST to vote Obama OUT! It is Obama who will be remembered as the leader that enabled the Muslim Brotherhood and Sharia Law to take over the "moderate" Arab countries. Egypt, Bahrain, Libya, Syria have "freed" themselves of their tyrannical leaders. Israel is in much more danger NOW! And will continue to be thanks to Obama's "SPRING". Netanyahu will show Iran and Obama what it really means to Go Down In The "FALL"! The final nail in Obama's coffin will be the mishandling of international affairs regarding Israel in September when Netanyahu slams the door in Obama's face.

Hi Marcia:
Please show some respect to Mr Obama.....he may yet become President again .(I prefer Romney)...

You do not have to vote for him, but you do have to act like a mench and show some common courtesy to the President of the USA..."The final nail in Obama's coffin will be the mishandling of international affairs regarding Israel in September when Netanyahu slams the door in Obama's face. ”
Please think before you write ......

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 May 23, 2012 at 04:33 PM PMOinFL Says:

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marcia Says:

We ALL know how much you adore Obama, my question is WHY? I am an Independent voter and more Jewish voters are voting Romney JUST to vote Obama OUT! It is Obama who will be remembered as the leader that enabled the Muslim Brotherhood and Sharia Law to take over the "moderate" Arab countries. Egypt, Bahrain, Libya, Syria have "freed" themselves of their tyrannical leaders. Israel is in much more danger NOW! And will continue to be thanks to Obama's "SPRING". Netanyahu will show Iran and Obama what it really means to Go Down In The "FALL"! The final nail in Obama's coffin will be the mishandling of international affairs regarding Israel in September when Netanyahu slams the door in Obama's face.

Dear Marcia...

While I am also hoping for an Obama defeat in November, and I do not in any way feel "assured" by him, your statement is nonsense.

#2 made a perfectly VALID point. Obama never made any such statement anywhere, verbally or in writing. #1 is just another ignoramus trying to sound "smart" by repeating chain emails that were debunked years ago.

You are so passionate, Marcia, I only wish you could learn that intellectual honesty is a Conservative's most valuable weapon. Lies, propaganda and ignorance have destroyed the Republican cause. Hailing proven idiots and liars like Palin, Santorum and Bachmann and holding up entertainers like Limbaugh and Hannity as "standard bearers" of the cause have turned Republicans into a laughing stock.

We Conservatives (REAL Conservatives) are as disgusted by Democrats (for their liberal policies and crippling fiscal plans) as we are Republicans (for their lies and propaganda). For some reason, you feel the need need to act like a Republican. Start acting like a Conservative. Use provable facts and intellectual honesty as your greatest weapon. Otherwise, you're just another imbecile believing the "sky is falling" propaganda.

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 May 23, 2012 at 05:11 PM Shimon Says:

Sure, trust him again. He just passed over Congress and gave $190 million to the Palestinians.

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 May 23, 2012 at 06:12 PM qazxc Says:

Reply to #4  
marcia Says:

We ALL know how much you adore Obama, my question is WHY? I am an Independent voter and more Jewish voters are voting Romney JUST to vote Obama OUT! It is Obama who will be remembered as the leader that enabled the Muslim Brotherhood and Sharia Law to take over the "moderate" Arab countries. Egypt, Bahrain, Libya, Syria have "freed" themselves of their tyrannical leaders. Israel is in much more danger NOW! And will continue to be thanks to Obama's "SPRING". Netanyahu will show Iran and Obama what it really means to Go Down In The "FALL"! The final nail in Obama's coffin will be the mishandling of international affairs regarding Israel in September when Netanyahu slams the door in Obama's face.

In other words, you don't know the answer to the simple question I asked: In what book did Obama write what #1 claims Obama wrote?

I'll respond to the rest of your comments as soon as you a) answer the simple question with a simple answer or b) acknowledge the fact that you also don't know if Obama ever wrote those words.

Sorry for hoping that adults would base their opinions on facts instead of creating facts out of their opinions.

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